New program aims to address huge need for plumbers

Local companies see shortage of skilled workers
Posted at 6:39 PM, Dec 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-13 18:39:06-05

From fixing leaky faucets to fitting new homes with piping, there's a huge need for plumbers and it's growing. The only problem is there's a major shortage of workers. That's why a new program is in the works that could have you on the fast track to a new, high-paying career.

There's no shortage of new home construction in Wesley Chapel. And every new house needs plumbing.

Travis Meares is following in his father's footsteps helping run the family plumbing business. He's working on 200 more homes this year..than last year and expects that trend to continue. The only trouble is that he doesn't have enough workers to take every contract that comes his way.

"It's exciting that there's growth and that there's the opportunity out there, it's just really trying to attract the right, qualified help," said Meares of Meares Plumbing, Inc.

Meares has 100 plumbers on staff right now and needs at least 20 more to meet next year's goals.

To help meet the industry need, CareerSource Pasco Hernando is creating a brand new fast track plumber training program. The class will take just months instead of years and will be coupled with an apprenticeship so you earn and learn at the same time.

"As long as you are willing to put in the effort and work, you can definitely have a good career quickly," said Meares.

Often plumbers can make at least $50,000 a year, with good long-term job security.